[ bliz-erd ]
/ ˈblɪz ərd /
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- a storm, technically an extratropical cyclone, with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
- a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.
an inordinately large amount all at one time: a blizzard of Christmas cards.
verb (used without object)
to snow as a blizzard: Looks as though it's going to blizzard tonight.
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Origin of blizzard
OTHER WORDS FROM blizzardbliz·zard·y, bliz·zard·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blizzard
/ (ˈblɪzəd) /
a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
Word Origin for blizzard
C19: of uncertain origin
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Scientific definitions for blizzard
[ blĭz′ərd ]
A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 56 km (35 mi) per hour and visibility of less 400 m (0.25 mi) for three hours.
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